When I say we’ve gone minimal, what I really mean is that we’ve gone “essential”. In an effort to not be wasteful, to not buy more than we need, to not store more than we need (with impending military moved this is a must) in our home, and to not have crap thrown everywhere – we’ve gone minimal-essential. In my November 2017 decluttering challenge (read about the Less Clutter, More Joy challenge here) we’re talking about all this sliming down of the non-essentials. Now, I know some people have a problem with minimalist bathrooms (or any other room for that matter) because the frugal “but what if I need this at some point in time” thought comes to mind. But the principal I like to live by is – if I haven’t used it in a year and I probably won’t use it in the next year – I can definitely live without it.
Now when that comes to minimalist bathroom items, keeping some things for years in a bathroom is just gross… lets be real. Soaps, shampoo, face creams – they all have expiration dates. So is it really wasteful to throw it out? Nope, it was wasteful when you bought it and its wasteful that you never used it.
So I wanted to give you a little peek into my minimalist bathroom so you can understand our practical minimalism. We don’t do the *minimalism thing* for aesthetics. Yes, its nice to have less stuff visible but what is really nice is to know exactly what we already have, and where it is – so that we don’t buy stuff we don’t need by using the things we currently have that need using!
Heres a breakdown on all of the essential things we keep in the bathroom – and this is going off of the principal of “we only keep in the bathroom what is needed IN the bathroom”.
- Towels – one per person that uses the bathroom. Plus 2 extras for guests that are kept in the linen closet. I also keep 2 face wash cloths. One under the sink and one out for use. I’m the only person that uses it so I just wash one cloth a day in the laundry. The dream here is to have all the exact same colored white towels in all the bathrooms. This will probably never ever happen but its my little silly dream. We get our plush, comfy, super affordable towels from Sam’s Club!
- Morning & Evening hygiene routine items. This stuff is all in the cabinet and includes: 1 face wash bottle, 1 tooth paste tube, 1 tooth brush per person that uses the bathroom, 1 container of floss, 1 container of face lotion (I get the travel sized ones because I can never seem to use them all up by the time they expire but I really need to just use coconut oil or something), 1 container of contact solution, contact case and contacts, hubby’s razor and shave cream and a pair of nail clippers.
- Shower hygiene items. These items are IN the shower and include: 1 bottle of shampoo, 1 bottle of conditioner, 1 bar or bottle of body soap (that functions for hubby or myself), my razor. (If anyone would like to comment on unisex,
natural/not harmful shampoo & conditioner – I’ll love you forever. I obviously don’t want to spend an arm and a leg but I hate all the chemicals and how much my shampoo dries out my pregnant hair but I don’t want to get super girly products so hubby will use them too!). The dream shower sitch is to ditch the shower caddy all together and get one of these dispenser bad boys. **all the heart eyes**!!!
- Kid Bath Items. The items are in the upstairs bathroom that no one uses but the kids – a bucket of toys attached to the side of the bath, a container on the shelf in the bathroom that consists of of Crayola bath tablets to make the bath a fun color, shampoo/body wash kids combo, a comb, some kid lotion, some Sleepy Head kid safe essential oils to get them sleepy in the bath.. (Honestly, I’m about to chuck the toys. They get gross after a while and the kids have a dandy time just splashing and playing, I don’t think we really need them. Plus I’m annoyed every time I clean them up or they get lost behind the claw foot bath tub, so yeah – as I’m typing this I’m thinking, “they’ve got to go“)
- On the sink items. For us this is only hand soap. It makes wiping up a gross sink so much easier and quicker when there is nothing on the sink. Again, dream situation is to have a dispenser on the wall for soap and lotion. Ohhhhhhh soooo pretttttyyyyyyy.
- Under the sink items. For this we just have our cleaning items here, and its child locked (and most adults can’t figure out the lock either). The items I have in the bathroom for daily use are: plunger, toilet brush (in container, because eww), toilet bowl cleaner, disposable cleaning wipes, and extra toilet paper if it fits. If I’m going to deep clean the bathroom, I bring in the cleaning caddy with the heavier stuff – I don’t leave it in the bathroom because its used in other rooms.
- In the drawer items. This is all hair stuff. Container with hair ties, one with bobby pins. A fine toothed comb, a wide comb, a round brush, a flat brush, and my husbands bristle brush. My flat iron, my 1 curling iron, and my hair dryer. Done.
Thats it. Thats your minimum – and really, its not even that minimum. Its just the essentials. I don’t keep medications in the bathroom, nail products, spa products for the occasional at home pedicure, nada. Only the stuff used on a daily basis IN the bathroom. And that keeps things pretty darn simple! “A place for everything that is essential in that room and everything in its place… and all of the flat surfaces clear” that’s my motto!
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